1. Children should be able to identify Christmas as Jesus’s birthday.
  2. Children should know that Nativity means “birthday”.
  3. Children should be able to tell the story of the Nativity and identify the figures in the icon.
  4. Children should be able to repeat the greeting: “Christ is born! Glorify Him!”


Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer.


  1. Read the story of Christmas in the Beginner’s Bible, pages 271-281, the Children’s Bible Reader, pages 168-170, or the Read with Me Bible, pages 256-265. You can supplement with the Children’s Bible, pages 351-352 or Children’s Stories from the Bible, pages 131-133. Review the story with the children with the icon, having them identify the people, animals, and star and what each did in the story.


  1. True/False Questions:

                                                True                                         False

            Jesus was born in a stable.                              Jesus was born in a palace.

            Mary was Jesus’s mother.                               Elizabeth was Jesus’s mother.

            Joseph was Mary’s husband.                          John was Mary’s husband.

            Angels appeared to the shepherds.                 Goats appeared to the shepherds.

            Christmas is Jesus’s birthday.                         Christmas is Mary’s birthday.

            Nativity means birthday.                                Nativity means play day.


  1. Practice the greeting: Christ is born! Glorify Him!” Go around the circle until each child can say each half of the greeting.


  1. Make a class Creche scene and individual Christmas Stained Glass Windows. For the Creche scene, assign someone to make Mary, Joseph, Jesus, shepherds, and angels. Use toilet paper tubes for figures, with chenille arms and Styrofoam ball head. Use construction paper for the head covering and any clothing. Re-enact the story using your figures. Leave them in the middle of the table for later lessons.

Then make stained glass windows. Cut pieces from tissue paper and lay on a long piece of wax paper, overlapping as needed. Cover with another piece of wax paper and iron lightly.

  1. Close with prayer.